Minister of Justice
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at his officeMINISTER of Justice Given Lubinda says
consultations to improve the low pass rate at Zambia Institute
of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) are nearing completion.
Mr Lubinda said he is consulting stakeholders to reverse the
continued poor pass rate at the law school where only 16 out of
238 students qualified in 2016.
Mr Lubinda last week summoned the ZIALE council to meet him and
explain the problems it has as he suspected there was something
“terribly wrong” at the law school.
This was after only two percent of the students passed mid-year
Mr Lubinda said in an interview on Tuesday that he had a
successful meeting with members of the ZIALE council, and has
now embarked on consultations to find a remedy for the poor
pass rate at the law school.
“I am getting towards the end of my consultations, and as soon
as I am done, I will be announcing to the nation the process
“It is our hope that ZIALE starts to record a higher pass rate
without necessarily compromising the quality of lawyers,” he
Mr Lubinda said he has received numerous complaints and
submissions over the poor pass rate at ZIALE, among them
proliferation of universities offering sub-standard lectures
for law students.
He also confirmed having received a submission that the low
pass rate at ZIALE is because of a deliberate ploy by some
people who allegedly want to restrict the number of lawyers who
successfully graduate and join the industry.
“I have received numerous complaints such as proliferation of
private universities and that the quality of lecturing in those
universities is not up to scratch,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said Government will keep a close eye on the pass rate at
ZIALE because “we do not want to have quacks practising law”.